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About KerryAnn O'Meara

My scholarship focuses on organizational practices that support full participation and, how faculty assume agency to achieve their professional goals amidst work environments, reward systems, and cultures that limit their full participation.
Grounded in social science and educational theory (primarily organizational behavior, sociology, psychology, and human development literature) my research has focused in three overlapping areas: (a) academic reward systems (b) faculty professional growth and careers and (c) faculty civic and community engagement. In each of these areas I have sought to understand how actors can put organizational policies, structures and cultures in place to support faculty professional growth, success, and inclusion.


Present Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Maryland at College Park
Present Co-Director University of Maryland ADVANCE, University of Maryland at College Park


Research Interests

Academic Reward Systems, Faculty Professional Growth and Careers, and Faculty Civic and Community Engagement

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Woman of the Year, University of Maryland, (2013).
  • Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, University of Maryland, (2012)
  • Early Career Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, (2008)
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, (2003)
  • Emerging Leader Award, National Society for Experiential Education, (1998)

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